Mother Teresa

Whether they were heroes, poets, scholars, or leaders, the brightest minds in human history have thought and written about values and their meanings. Here are some inspirational quotes by Mother Teresa.

compassion

“Stay where you are. Find your own Calcutta. Find the sick, the suffering, and the lonely right there where you are — in your own homes and in your own families, in your workplaces and in your schools. You can find Calcutta all over the world, if you have the eyes to see. Everywhere, wherever you go, you find people who are unwanted, unloved, uncared for, just rejected by society — completely forgotten, completely left alone.”

Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

encouragement

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”

Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

helping others

“The trouble is that rich people, well-to-do people, very often don't really know who the poor are; and that is why we can forgive them, for knowledge can only lead to love, and love to service. And so, if they are not touched by them, it's because they do not know them.”

Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

honesty

“Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway.”

Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

love

“There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.”

Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

love

“It's not about how much you do, but how much love you put into what you do that counts.”

Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

love

“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”

Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

making a difference

“We can do no great things - only small things with great love.”

Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

inspiration

“There is always the danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the love and the devotion come in - that we do it to God, to Christ, and that's why we try to do it as beautifully as possible.”

Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

love

“I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.”

Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

love

“I never look at the masses as my responsibility; I look at the individual. I can only love one person at a time - just one, one, one. So you begin. I began - I picked up one person. Maybe if I didn't pick up that one person, I wouldn't have picked up forty-two thousand....The same thing goes for you, the same thing in your family, the same thing in your church, your community. Just begin - one, one, one.”

Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

love

“Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.”

Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

love

“Joy is prayer - Joy is strength - Joy is love - Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with Joy.”

Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

learning

“A smile is the beginning of peace.”

Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

appreciation

“Smile at each other, smile at your wife, smile at your husband, smile at your children, smile at each other - it doesn't matter who it is - and that will help you to grow up in greater love for each other.”

Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

compassion

“Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.”

Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

do your part

“People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway. If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway. What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway. Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.”

Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

humility

“Live simply so others may simply live.”

Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

love

“I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.”

Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

smile

“We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.”

Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity